Magnetic pedals could be your pedalling future

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Stay connected with Magped’s innovative new magnetic pedals. (Photo: Magped)
Stay connected with Magped’s innovative new magnetic pedals. (Photo: Magped)
  • Magped’s magnetic pedals claim to offer the best of both worlds.
  • These pedals are ideal for riders who do a variety of different riding.
  • Magnetic pedals are less daunting to use than traditional clipless pedals. 

The global cycling market is shifting from an obsession with racing to riding for the love of it. 

Along with this, we have seen tremendous growth in segments such as gravel bikes, cycle touring, and e-bikes. However, the variety of pedals has remained limited to pedals designed for mountain biking, road cycling, or downhill and enduro. 

Enter Magped, who claims that their new Sport2 magnetic pedal offers the perfect compromise between flat and clip-in pedals. 

The second iteration of their Sport pedal offers riders the same game-changing benefits of the original Sport model, but with a lighter body. Magped’s Sport2 tips the scales between 420- and 458g, depending on the magnet strength you require. 

Best of both worlds 

Constructed from aluminium with a chromoly steel spindle, Magped designed these pedals for riders who desire the efficiency of clip-in pedals, but also the easy detachment of flats. 

The problem with flat pedals is that they are often lined with traction pins to keep your foot in place, but these can be hazardous when used with non-cycling shoes. This is especially true when riding as a commuter or bike tourer. You only need to experience one pedal slip, with those pins hitting your shins, to know what we are referring to. 

With fewer traction pins, which can also be removed completely, Magped’s magnetic retention system offers all of the advantages of a flat pedal, without many of the debits. 

The Sport2 pedals will provide a rider with up to 38kg of pulling force as varying strength magnets can be interchanged to suit rider needs and weight ratings. 

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Magped’s magnetic pedals claim to offer the best o
Magped’s magnetic pedals claim to offer the best of both worlds. (Photo: Magped)

Great for riders with lateral ankle movement issues 

These pedals also allow for several degrees of natural foot twist, therefore putting less strain on your ankles. The increased levels of ‘float’ compared to clip-in pedals, without detaching, can be advantageous in technical terrain and it is also easier to reconnect after some foot out cornering. 

Although Magped does offer certain models with magnets on both sides, the Sport2 is magnetic on one side only. 

The magnetic retention system is not affected by dirt or mud at all. It also provides much better walkability in your cycling, removing the awkwardness of having to balance on cleats, when off the bike. 

Included with the pedals are magnetic connecting sole plates, compatible with all SPD bike shoes. Magped offers magnets in three strengths ranging from 100N to the 200N.   

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